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A watch box isn’t just about providing a place to keep your collection, it’s also about aesthetics, giving you fast access to your favorites and showing them off for all to see. These look great on a desk, dresser, or shelf, and make excellent gifts for any collector.
How to Pick the Best Watch Box
A watch box’s storage compartments and materials are just some of the most important factors to consider. Here’s what else to think about when buying one for your rare timepieces.
Lid: Many watch boxes are designed to to gently close with a soft and satisfying snap. Folding hinges can also come way too close to watches that are stored at each end. If the box you’re eyeing has a multi-jointed hinge, make sure there’s some room so your watches don’t get caught, or has hinges that sink into their own slot within the case’s housing. A ribbon-like material is another common option instead of a hinge, designed to catch the lid. And if security is a concern, there are boxes out there that offer a locking lid with an included key, keeping your collection safe.
Slots: Think about the amount of storage you’ll need, especially if you plan to grow your collection. The size of each slot also matters, so be sure your watch box can comfortably accommodate your timepieces. Same goes for depth, as it’s good to have a bit of breathing room between the watch face and the underside of the lid. Each slot will also come with a pillowy piece to prop them up, usually velvet or a similarly soft material.
Exterior: An exterior made with premium authentic leather looks classy and feels smooth. Synthetic leather is another option, and still offers a high-end look with a soft feel. Stitching also adds to the look, and it may offer stronger construction than glue.
Extras: Some models include a bit of extra storage space, like a removable drawer or pullout section, which is great for storing additional accessories like wrist straps, parts, and glasses. A knob on the lid can help keep your display fingerprint-free too.
The Best Watch Boxes
We picked a few of the best-designed watch boxes available. Here are our top picks.
1. Rothwell Leather Watch Box
Featuring a mix of both real and imitation leather, Rothwell’s storage box can comfortably hold up to 12 watches of varying sizes, along with a sliding drawer underneath to store a bunch of additional items. The interior is lined with soft microsuede fabric, and the lid is lockable to protect your watches from anyone else handling them.
2. Tawbury 24-Slot Watch Box
Twenty-four spacious slots on this box look elegant and clean, with enough room to hold even large-faced watches. A shelf on top holds 12 timepieces, while a pullout drawer underneath holds an additional dozen. The faux-leather exterior, meantime, feels soft. It weighs 11 pounds, and it’s built with high-quality craftsmanship, strong, smooth hinges, and firm interior dividers.
3. Decorebay Executive Wooden Watch Box
Fifteen total compartments (10 for watches, two for glasses, and space for rings and cufflinks) keep your items organized, with ample space between the lid and cushioning. The faux-leather exterior has a clean, sleek, and modern look, with solid construction underneath and smooth metal accents up front.
4. Shzicmy Automatic Watch Winder Display Box
This isn’t just a case, it’s actually a watch winder as well. Simply set up to four watches in the rotating holder, flip the switch (you’ll need a wall outlet close by), and it’ll operate near silently. It can hold four or five additional watches too, or more for smaller sizes, with moveable dividers that can accommodate other valuables as well.